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6 Options for Replacing Disposable Plastic Straws

As we all know, before 2021, it is prohibited to use disposable plastic products including straws, cotton swabs, disposable plastic dishes and tableware. The European Parliament on the 24th also included high-lightweight plastic bags and polystyrene fast food boxes in the legislative prohibition.

So, how can we replace the disposable straws?

  • Disposable Paper Straw
  • Reusable Metal Straw
  • Reusable Glass Straw
  • Reusable Bamboo Straw
  • Reusable Silica Gel Straw
  • Disposable Wheat Straw

Disposable Paper Straw

Advantage

  • Convenience-this is the main reason we rely so much on disposable plastic products.
  • cheap price.
  • If you really need to use disposable products, this is the most environmentally friendly option. Most paper straws are biodegradable, and some can be composted.


Disadvantage

  • Paper straws will soon become soft when soaked in water, which may affect the drinking experience.
  • Many types of paper straws are still treated with plastic additives or dyed with unenvironmentally friendly colorants-not all paper straws are biodegradable.
  • The production of paper straws still consumes natural resources-after all, paper comes from trees.

Reusable Metal Straw

Advantage

  • Fashionable and elegant, charming temperament.
  • Extremely strong and durable—especially stainless steel straws—so rarely need constant updates.
  • The price is relatively reasonable and easy to buy.

Disadvantage

  • Not easy to clean. Metal straws can be cleaned in a dishwasher, but they are often not cleaned enough, and hand washing is quite time-consuming.
  • Some low-quality metal straws may produce a metallic taste in the mouth.

Advantage

  • 100% biodegradable, compostable and all natural.
  • Although it is relatively thin, it will not soak and become soft.
  • They are by-products of wheat. We don’t need to spend extra time to make straw straws, just a little processing.
  • For high-traffic bars, straw straws provide the convenience of disposable straws, but the environmental impact is low.
  • Straw straws are very cheap.

Disadvantage

  • Not strong enough-you may need to use a lot of roots.
Wheat straw

Reusable Glass Straw

Advantage

  • The appearance is amazing.
  • Because it is transparent, it is easier to clean than other reusable straws, because you can see if you have cleaned it properly.

Disadvantage

  • The most obvious point-glass is fragile. Therefore, the glass straw is easy to break and is more difficult to store.
  • The price is higher-at least compared to other reusable straws.

Reusable Bamboo Straw

Advantage

  • In theory, bamboo straws are the most environmentally friendly option-bamboo grows quickly, is easy to reproduce, and they can release oxygen before they grow into mature bamboo suitable for making straws.
  • 100% pure and natural-only need to polish the bamboo stem.
  • Many companies offer custom designs-you can print your own logo on the straw.

Disadvantage

  • Not as durable as glass or metal straws—because bamboo will expand and contract in liquid, they will eventually crack.
  • Bamboo can only grow in certain places-if the bamboo straw is to be transported to a place half of the earth away, it will go against its original intention of environmental protection. Fortunately, China is a paradise for bamboo.
  • It needs to be washed and polished manually to keep the bamboo straws clean and beautiful.

Reusable Silicone Drinking Straw

Advantage

  • Soft, easy to bend, hardly cracked.
  • Very clean and hygienic, and can be cleaned thoroughly with a dishwasher.
  • Safe and suitable for children.

Disadvantage

  • Silica gel is still some kind of plastic.
  • It looks a bit ugly.
  • The price is slightly more expensive, second only to glass straws.
  • Silicone is easy to stain after long-term use-it is best to choose dark-colored silicone straws.

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